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Slipstream Will Close

10th Jun

Due to the business disruption caused by Covid-19 and recent events in the CrossFit community, Slipstream will close its doors for the last time on July 24th, 2020.

We will continue to provide awesome workouts in a fun, supportive community until then.

We will not sell any new memberships. Our limited class space is reserved for current members.

We will sell our equipment on or after July 24th. Watch this space for information after we make arrangements.

Our community has always welcomed everyone who wanted to give these crazy workouts a try – all colors, nationalities, languages, gender identities, sexualities, and every other persuasion of every kind. It has been an honor to serve each and every one of you. You have taught us more than we could ever teach you. We thank you.

John & Susan


Slipstream Members,

Your health and safety are very important to us.  Please follow the below measures during Indoor Workouts to prevent the spread of COVID19.  Indoor Classes start Wednesday!

COVID-19 Safety Measures for Indoor Workouts
– Bring your own water!  The water fountain and showers are closed.  
– Only one person in the locker room at a time.
– If you feel ill at any time, stop exercising and notify your coach immediately. Do not come if you are feeling ill.
– Hand sanitizer dispensers are in the workout area.  Please use them before and after. 
– Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching your face.  Sanitize!
– Dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and sanitize.
– Coaches will stage & sanitize any equipment prior to class.
– Do not share equipment.
It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain six feet or more between everyone!  Identify issues and address them before beginning.  
– Move through the gym on the designated path and stay in your assigned workout area. 
– Masks are mandatory for staff and strongly encouraged for members.  
– Store your belongings in your workout area.  Do not use the cubbies or locker room to store it.
Please email john@crossfitslipstream.com or call 612-644-9781 with any questions or concerns.  

Committed to Your Success!  

The Slipstream Team

Response to Current Events

Member Highlight – Meet Anthony!

Why did you decide to try CrossFit? 
I recently moved to Saint Paul from Nashville and knew I needed to find a gym. I picked CrossFit to take advantage of the group classes and meet other people. Also, CrossFit classes are smaller and I wanted closer relationship with a coach. 

How is having a CrossFit coach changed your workout or fitness results?
Form and mobility have improved dramatically since joining Slipstream. However, it is not surprising at all to me since Slipstream really stresses the importance of those core principles. Also, I believe being coached in the gym transfers well outside the gym. I find myself much more open to feedback in business.

How has doing CrossFit affected your health and/or life? 
CrossFit has given me structure and something I can count on during the week. My job can be stressful at times and usually its artificial and temporary. Coming in to the gym to catch up with other members then focusing on getting through a tough workout can take my mind off of things. By the end, I’ve forgotten whatever troubles I had during the day. I end the day feeling accomplished.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement? 
The barbell deadlift. It is satisfying to watch yourself pick up a challenging weight then hear the weight drop against the ground.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit? 
Don’t be intimidated and give it a shot. Commit to giving it a few tries before making a decision on whether it is right for you. No matter where you are on your personal journey or plan, there is something for everyone. Just don’t let fear or excuses hold you back.


Why did you decide to try CrossFit?

With the closing of the West St Paul YMCA last year I decided this was the winter to try it. I have been wanting to try CrossFit for a few years now but when it came down to it I felt that I would be able to get a quality workout in at a regular gym just as well. I have been proven wrong.

How is having a CrossFit coach changed your workout or fitness results?

The results seen in the classes I attended have increased my overall fitness, balance and mobility to levels I have not seen before going at it solo. Coach John has made several recommendations on exercises to do individually or before class that have drastically improved my foot and ankle strength which has improved my balance to levels not noticed before.

How has doing CrossFit affected your health and/or life?

The biggest impact I have seen from attending classes regularly are the impacts it has on my balance and mobility. Also, being part of a group workout atmosphere provides a competitive environment that I was missing by working out on my own which in turn drives me to work harder providing better overall results.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

Any movement that leaves me on the floor laying in a puddle of sweat.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?

The results are something that is difficult to obtain on your own or at a gym.

Carpe de-Covid: Seizing This Unique Opportunity

In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear defines habits as our normal way of doing things. Whether we want to eliminate bad habits or add good habits, success is defined as creating a new normal way of doing things. No matter who you are or what you do, your routine has undoubtedly been disrupted by the covid-19 outbreak. This disruption creates a perfect opportunity to create a new normal set of habits.

Related: It’s Time for Change. But How?

Clear argues that the best way to create new habits is to identify the attributes – the identity – you aspire to and then ask yourself what that person would do in your current situation. Focusing on staying in shape, ask yourself what a physically active person does in the current situation. A person for whom physical activity is an integral part of their identity maintains that identity by staying physically active.

For our members, this should be pretty easy, as our methods adapt to different equipment or no equipment and we are able to deliver coaching via Zoom. It may, however, require a shift in timing, a rearranging of schedules, or the discipline to follow along to a video instead of going to the gym.

Related: Why Do I Keep Needing To Start at Square One?

This is where focusing on your identity as a physically active person is valuable – a physically active person finds ways to stay physically active, even if it is not their normal physical activity, despite the change in circumstances. They attend our virtual classes, they watch and move with our videos. They go for walks or runs. They tune up their bicycles and go out for rides. They tackle physical projects like home improvement or landscaping. When it is part of who you are, finding ways to do will be easy. So if you’re struggling to remain active during this time, ask yourself what a physically active person does now. Then do it!

If you have questions, or need help, just get in touch! john@crossfitslipstream.com

—John Bryant
Founder & Head Trainer

Setting Up a Home Gym

With all of us mostly confined to quarters, here are the key steps to consider in setting up the home gym you’ll want to help you through these times:

  1. Search the closets, attic, garage, and any other spots those ankle weights from the 80’s might be hiding.  Any padding you might have, such as a yoga or camping mat, is especially helpful.  You’re likely to find some hidden gems.
    • Get creative!  “Exercise equipment” is usually just heavy stuff, pads or stretchy things. If you have stuff that isn’t intended for exercise, but is heavy, padded, or stretchy, it can be useful.
    • The simplest, most broadly useful thing is a sandbag.  Rather than buy sand, you can simply put cans, a bag of cat litter, or books in a duffel bag or backpack.  Anything that might leak or produce dust should be at least double, preferably triple, bagged.  
  2. Assemble your findings.  Is it all usable or does anything need repairs, is unsafe or unusable?  Err on the side of caution.  If you’ve loaded a duffel or backpack, regularly inspect the seams.
  3. Now that you know what you have, find a space.  It should:
    • Be at least 6’ x 9’.  That’s about 2 yoga mats side-by-side. Move furniture (using good technique!) if you need to – we’re in this situation for a while, so it’s worth it.
    • Allow you to move safely, including picking up and putting down equipment.  This means safe for you and your property – as in not damaging your floor if you drop a dumbbell or punching out a light with a push press.  Jumping rope takes up more space than you think – be sure to try it out before getting too far into your set-up if you have multiple locations to choose from.
    • Allow you to remain on camera for our online workouts.  If you have to cut something off screen, make it your head.  Your hips and feet are more important for your coach to see.  Plus, you’ll be down on the floor often for at-home workouts.
    • If you tolerate running workouts, offer access to the outside so you can run during workouts.  “Outside” can include your apartment building patio or roof, if available.  A long hallway is also useful.
    • Give it a try with some common movements – jumping rope, kettlebell swings, strict press, jumping jacks, and burpees cover the range of movements pretty well.  If you can fit those into your space without worrying about breaking something, you’re good to go!
That’s all you need!

Questions?  Let me know, I’m happy to help!  info@crossfitslipstream.com.

—John Bryant

Founder & Head Trainer

Letter from Coach John

👱🏻‍♂️A Letter from Coach John 👱🏻‍♂️

Part of what we learn in the gym is to find a way through tough situations – we try one thing, then another. We change pace, stance, and anything else we can think of to go a little faster, to do a little better. This pandemic is a tough situation and we are taking it seriously. We will find a way to support your safety, health, and fitness, throughout. Here is where we stand now:


We will remain open unless ordered to close by proper authorities. We are preparing to hold virtual classes and allow equipment checkouts should that happen.

We will continue to run our normal class schedule. We will monitor class sizes and equipment needs and consider any changes to the schedule, programming, or anything else that can help keep everyone safe, healthy, and fit.

We are moving Open Gym time to 2:30PM – 4:30PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to create more flexible scheduling.


For our members in health care, at increased risk, or who will not be able to come to the gym, we will provide tailored at-home workouts and an online accountability system to help them stay on track and engaged in our supportive community. For those concerned about exposure to others, please let us know. We can schedule personal training outside our normal class hours to minimize your exposure.

Please watch for emails from us to ensure you get the latest updates.

When you are at the gym, please follow these guidelines to ensure a safe, rewarding experience for everyone:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after the workout.
  2. Continue the great job we’ve always done wiping down all equipment and surfaces that were used during the workout. Include everything we touched – PVC’s, clips, plates, the works. When in doubt, wipe!
  3. Maintain the recommended six (6) feet of “social distance” between yourself and others. This will mean giving “air” fist bumps and high-fives. Have fun with it!
  4. We’ve always had a policy of leaving shoes at the gym but let’s bring this stuff home at the end of every class. Please dry it out!


Slipstream is not just a small business. It is a community. We will get through this together. Please keep your membership active if at all possible. We will do everything we can to keep you healthy and fit both inside and outside of the gym. Please consider our open gym, at-home program, and possible virtual classes with equipment checkouts as ways to keep our community going strong through these tough times.

We really appreciate you continuing to be part of our community as we navigate these uncharted waters. We will get through this together!

❤️Committed to Your Success!❤️

The Slipstream Team

Member Highlight – Meet Elliott R.

Why did you decide to try CrossFit?

I have tried several other gyms, kinds of exercise and doing things on my own without getting the results I wanted. I have friends who have done CrossFit and they always had good things to say about it. Slipstream is also close to home and seemed like a welcoming place, so I figured, why not?  

How is having a CrossFit coach changed your workout or fitness results?

Having someone show me how to correctly and safely do different movements and also be there to set an expectation of what to do, has been incredibly helpful. I do much better when I don’t have to think about the workout and someone just tells me what to do. 

How has doing CrossFit affected your health and/or life?

I definitely feel stronger and like I have more energy to do the things I need and want to do. I’ve lost weight and gained muscle and feel all around better. 

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

I like the weighted carries because even though they sound easy enough, there’s a lot that goes into them and I can see how they all directly relate to everyday life.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?

Give it a try! The small group setting is so helpful in maintaining motivation and you can start at whatever level you’re at. 

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